What inspires me changes from day to day, week to week, mood to mood and depends on who is around me.
But on the whole, I think I am inspired to try my best to be a ‘Good Role Model’, (well, hopefully, I am a good one most of the time) to my boys!
Let’s start with every day – because sometimes we need inspiration just to get out of bed…
My ‘inspiration’ starts early, at 5 am-ish. This is my time to go for a run or a walk. This is ‘ME-TIME‘ – where I work on keeping ME healthy and happy. The only company I keep here -as there is no one else awake in my family -is my favourite child… my fur baby – Rex. I know my fur baby is sitting outside my window… lingering ever so quietly, not barking, not whimpering or crying, just waiting. I hear the swish of his tail on the concrete when he knows I’m awake and that is inspiration enough for me to get up and get going. I know he loves it more than food, and that’s saying something for a part Labrador! Of course, he doesn’t say anything if I don’t get up and go, but the disappointment on his face and his undeniable sad slumped demeanour, says it all. This little ritual we have at the start of our day gives me enormous strength. I feel like I can tackle anything. It is a small, simple routine of self-love that sets me up for the day!
At this time of day, Rex and I are often the only ones walking along the creek, (apart from the 1.8meter python that was next to us last week!) happily listening to the birds and absorbing all the “firsts” for the day: the sun; slowly emerging from the horizon and gradually warming the earth with its rays, or the gentle pitter-patter of fresh raindrops, the raw and earthy smells it evokes from the surrounding bush, or bellbirds singing sweetly in the branches… This magical start to my day is Natures Own Inspiration.
My Boys give me so much inspiration. I tell them to “do what you can to keep fit and healthy”, not just physically but mentally. Chill out! Slow down! STOP and smell the flowers. They inspire me to teach them every day about the world. I want them to learn and gain knowledge through my example.
I am always trying to fit in a couple of hours at the gym in the evenings and this inspiration I get from my gorgeous fitness instructor, Lisa. She is fit, funny, absolutely stunning and she is there every other day. Inspiration of sheer FOMO. I am not quite sure why, but I feel I have to go… It is time where I concentrate on pushing my body, working hard, sweating like a demon. No time, or energy left to think… just DO.
So by the time I get home to do grade 9 maths and year 7 science and HASS (don’t really know what this is) I am re-energised, I have been inspired and now it’s my turn to try to inspire!
Just showing genuine interest is enough to get them talking about school. This leads to other problems, issues, work talk (No 1 Son has a job and I am so proud! He gets – in his own words -“a little overwhelmed”- juggling school, (which has really ramped up since this ATAR business) work, sporting commitments, social events -which are ever-increasing, home and family and of course the hormones: he is 14).
So I’m often finding inspiration from and for him. Only last night we sat together, him emotionally ‘teetering on the edge,’ as a maths exam looms. It was his first time being examined on an entire years’ worth of work. Quite daunting! He was feeling the pressure as he needs to excel in his chosen subjects. But with a cupcake in hand, we sat down together and knocked over the revision sheet. I was grateful that I could (a) still understand Year 9 maths and, (b) be there for support and ‘pick up the pieces’ of hormonal breakdown. This reminded me so much of MY Mum. SHE is truly inspirational!
Mum raised 4 intelligent, sporty, independent and witty children while working almost full time and fluffing after my Dad. She always had amazing dinners on the table, followed by a mouthwatering home-made dessert. We would always bring extra kids home with us for dinner or sleepovers. She just took it all in her stride. There was nothing my Mum couldn’t or didn’t do! She inspires me daily to always make the effort, and pull myself together! (Even when I don’t want to go, or don’t feel like doing something for someone else.) I know my Mum would just ‘get on with the job.’ No matter how tired or exhausted she was, she would throw together costumes, help rewrite assignments, take us anywhere we need to go. She was truly an “energiser bunny” and still is. I hope my boys see me as I see her. (I secretly think they do a little, as they tend to call me “Nanny Rainie” as I slowly and hopefully morph into my wonderful Mum.)
What Inspires You?